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Labour NGOs and the struggle for migrant workers’ rights

In twenty-first-century Chinese cities there are hundreds of millions of rural migrants who are living temporary lives, suspended between urban and rural China. They are the unsung heroes of the country’s ‘economic miracle’, yet are regarded as second-class citizens in both a cultural, material and legal sense. China’s citizenship challenge tells the story of how civic organisations set up by some of these rural migrants challenge this citizenship marginalisation. The book argues that in order to effectively address the problems faced by migrant workers, these NGOs must undertake ‘citizenship challenge’: the transformation of migrant workers’ social and political participation in public life, the broadening of their access to labour and other rights, and the reinvention of their relationship to the city. By framing the NGOs’ activism in terms of citizenship rather than class struggle, this book offers a valuable contribution to the field of labour movement studies in China. The monograph also proves exceptionally timely in the context of the state’s repression of these organisations in recent years, which, as the book explores, was largely driven by their citizenship-altering activism.

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The imaginary archaeology of redevelopment
David Calder

fables, which are also modes of transmission of memory [mémoire].’12 The distinction between mémoire and souvenir resurfaces in both the reception of PlayRec and the French scholarly literature on urban redevelopment and industrial heritage. La mémoire (as opposed to the masculine indefinite un mémoire, a memoir) refers to memory in the abstract – I have a good memory – or the unquantifiable totality of individual memories, souvenirs. Mémoire is always singular, whereas one might speak of a single souvenir or a collection of specific souvenirs. My mémoire is the sum

in Street theatre and the production of postindustrial space
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Continuous theatre for a creative city
David Calder

microcosm and further the ongoing interplay among residual parts and emergent whole. Chemetoff’s Plan-Guide has become a model throughout France for flexible, diverse urban redevelopment. In 2000, before its implementation, it won him the Grand Prix de l’Urbanisme, awarded annually Resurfacing 143 by the French Ministry for Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development, and Planning. The Plan-Guide exemplifies what sociologist Laurent Devisme, borrowing from Luc Boltanski and Eve Chiapello, has dubbed the ‘new spirit of urbanism.’16 For Devisme, Chemetoff’s Plan-Guide is

in Street theatre and the production of postindustrial space
Dominic Bryan
S. J. Connolly
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John Nagle

-standing environmental problems through the culverting of the heavily polluted and flood-prone River Blackstaff. The construction of Royal Avenue was the single most important work of urban redevelopment prior to the giant motorway schemes of the 1960s and after. As with the development forty years earlier of Victoria Street and Corporation Street, the scheme was presented as combining slum clearance and more efficient traffic management. Hercules Street, continuing the line of Donegall Place but thanks to projecting buildings connected to it only by a narrow

in Civic identity and public space
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A baseline of comparison
Fabian Graham

sociology into the analytical framework allows macro-level societal stimuli, including nationalism, urban redevelopment, legislative directives, ethnic prejudice and transnational cultural flows, via technologies of religious synthesis, to be connected to specific religious developments, the effects of which can be observed on the micro level, manifested in the ritual and material cultures of each religious landscape. The following example is illustrative of this process. Historically, whips were the first man-made object to cross the sound

in Voices from the Underworld
Fabian Graham

synthesis and the inversion of tradition in the context of Confucian and Buddhist influences on contrasting ethical codes in Singapore’s contemporary Underworld tradition. The case-study temples As well as the creation and expansion of Underworld temple networks based on reciprocity by individual tang-ki , and distinctive to Singapore’s religious landscape, ritual connections based on temples’ prior locations pre-urban redevelopment have been constructed in Singapore by the post-relocation generation of tang-ki . This

in Voices from the Underworld
Heather Norris Nicholson

offer equally forthright records of relocation and prevailing attitudes towards social housing. Goodger and John Gresty junior, therefore, were working in a clearly defined realm of amateur social realism when they documented urban demolition in Manchester and Salford. Goodger filmed the effects of local urban redevelopment, less than a year after Cathy Come Home was shown on BBC1. 53 Although that programme became part of

in Amateur film
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A critical history of Singapore’s offshore islands
Creighton Connolly
Hamzah Muzaini

(Cornelius-Takahama and Loo, 2016 ). For planning purposes, Singapore’s offshore islands to the south are divided by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) into two clusters: the Southern Islands group and the Western Islands group. Singapore’s Southern Islands group comprises eight islands directly to the south of the mainland and the Western Islands group consists of seven islands

in Turning up the heat
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Decolonising public space
Paul Carter

In migration the production of space is ontological: the ground is not given (the host faceless, Indigenous sovereignty unceded), the imagined community and its habitus are projects rather than realities. Another way to say this is that the representational space of democracy is suspended. The work of a migrant artist does not represent anything: it aims to produce a new situation. Such art is ‘dirty’, intervening in change rather than offering an aesthetic equivalent. These considerations lie behind a series of ‘creative templates’ or dramaturgies of public space devised for major urban redevelopments in Melbourne and Perth. Characterising the new spaces of public encounter as an endless compilation and renewal of lines and knots (visualised as a flexible string figure), the ’creative template’ reconceptualises ‘public art’ as the unscripted performances of public space that reclaim it as a place where something happens. The ‘something’ is likely to be the return of the repressed history of colonisation, as our work Sugar, devised for the Liverpool (UK) Capital of Culture festival, illustrates.

in Translations, an autoethnography
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Nick Dunn

. Following its arc around the city centre, at ground level my feet follow a similar curve to the motorway above which brings me to the modernist views of UMIST. This complex of buildings and 44 Atmospheres their multilevelled access points is rapidly losing its power as the city’s ultimate statement in concrete and glass as the rapacious nature of urban redevelopment is quickly taking large chunks of it away. Dipping under the sinewy curve of Victory House (then Telecom House, now MacDonald Hotel) I arrive at Mayfield Depot. The former railway station, then parcels depot

in Manchester